The Sarasota based non-profit Youth Experiencing Art, Inc. has been accepted into Capacity Building: Orlando, a two-year program serving 48 arts and culture organizations in greater Orlando and central Florida. The program is presented by The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts’ DeVos Institute of Arts Management, which provides free training and technical support for executive, artistic, and board leadership of arts organizations worldwide.

Capacity Building: Orlando will explore best practices in fundraising, marketing, artistic planning, strategic planning, and board development. Six half-day seminars gather senior staff and board members from participating organizations for workshops led by Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and DeVos Institute faculty.

In the initial meeting Michael Kaiser, President of The Kennedy Center, asked the group,” Why is it so hard to run an arts organization today and how will this program address those difficulties?”  He illustrated these questions with turnarounds he has successfully orchestrated at the Royal Opera House in London, Alvin Ailey Dance Company and American Ballet Theatre in New York.  These stories easily led the group into the main topics of this seminar – Organization Artistic Planning and Creating Institutional Visibility.

Over the next two years, associated quarterly symposia will cover:  Artistic Planning, Board Development, Fundraising, Institutional Marketing, Programmatic Marketing and Strategic Planning.

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